As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year.

As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network are moderated somewhat differently to other sites on the web:

We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in that we amortize the overall moderation cost of the system across thousands of teeny-tiny slices of effort contributed by regular, everyday users.
-- A Theory of Moderation

That doesn't eliminate the need for having moderators altogether, but it does mean that the bulk of moderation work is carried out by regular folks. Every bit of time and effort y'all contribute to the site gives you access to more privileges you can use to help in this effort, all of which produce a cumulative effect that makes a big difference.

So as we say goodbye to 2022 (and where did January go, right?) and dive head first into 2023, let us look back at what we accomplished as a community... by looking at some exciting stats. Below is a breakdown of moderation actions performed on Game Development over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 12 0
Answer flags handled 198 39
Answers flagged 52 185
Comment flags handled 81 122
Comments deleted⁷ 1,325 548
Comments flagged 8 195
Comments undeleted 37 0
Posts bumped 0 2,944
Posts deleted⁶ 171 1,502
Posts locked 4 30
Posts undeleted 9 48
Posts unlocked 1 0
Question flags handled⁵ 67 49
Questions closed 469 34
Questions flagged⁵ 13 115
Questions merged 2 0
Questions migrated 1 0
Questions protected 1 3
Questions reopened 23 0
Tag highlight language set 1 0
Tag synonyms created 1 0
Tag synonyms proposed 1 0
Tags merged 1 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 28 190
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 8 538
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 20 1,368
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 1 199
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 5 71
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 4 21
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 107 458
Users contacted 2 0
Users destroyed³ 15 0
Users suspended² 1 32


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Game Development without diamonds next to their names, and to the automated systems otherwise known as user #-1.

² The system will suspend users under three circumstances: when a user is recreated after being previously suspended, when a user is recreated after being destroyed for spam or abuse, and when a network-wide suspension is in effect on an account.

³ A "destroyed" user is deleted along with all that they had posted: questions, answers, comments. Generally used as an expedient way of getting rid of spam.

⁴ This counts every review that was submitted (not skipped) - so the 2 suggested edits reviews needed to approve an edit would count as 2, the goal being to indicate the frequency of moderation actions. This also applies to flags, etc.

⁵ Includes close flags (but not close or reopen votes). Community can handle these flags by at least one person voting to close a question that has a close flag.

⁶ This ignores numerous deletions that happen automatically in response to some other action.

⁷ This includes comments deleted by their own authors (which also account for some number of handled comment flags).

Further reading:

Wishing everyone a happy 2023! ^_^

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    \$\begingroup\$ I appreciate the report on closed questions across all sites! Sometimes it feels like we shut a lot of stuff down. But the %s were both lower than I thought & lower than many of the other stacks. \$\endgroup\$
    – Pikalek
    Jan 26, 2023 at 16:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think the 37 comments undeleted is almost entirely from me fat-fingering the "delete" button when I meant to hit "edit" 😅 \$\endgroup\$
    – DMGregory Mod
    Jan 26, 2023 at 16:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ Community Bot hitting hard with almost 3000 bumps in one year \$\endgroup\$
    – Steven
    Jan 30, 2023 at 15:58
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Steven have a look at this other post and the ones linked therein for some context on what that means, and how to address it. While some of the stuff on those posts might be specific to other sites' contexts, the general guidance might still be useful here, especially if those 3,000 bumps clog up the front page. \$\endgroup\$
    – JNat StaffMod
    Jan 30, 2023 at 18:19


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